Chickpeas are great legumes that should be a part of a baby's healthy diet. They are rich in protein, iron, and fiber. Chickpeas can be introduced to babies between the age of 8-10 months, as introducing them earlier may cause gas in some babies. When you start chickpeas for babies, give well-cooked squashed chickpeas as finger food or chickpeas puree. Once the baby is adjusted, you can move to this mashed chickpeas with vegetables. It has a mild taste and suits little ones' taste buds.
Chickpeas mash with vegetables for babies
- Black channa/Chickpeas - 4 tbsp
- Potato - 1 small sized
- Tomato - 1 small sized
- Water - as needed
- Sterilise the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Wash potato and tomato in running water well. Discard the seeds fro tomato. Then peel the skin off from potato with a peeler. Then chop potato & tomato into equal sized small cubes. Set aside. Soak the chickpeas overnight or at least 4 hours. Wash the chickpeas/black channa and pressure cook it with a cup of water for 6 whistles or until done. Once the pressure released from the cooker, open it. Keep aside
- Steam the tomato & potato pieces in a steamer for 15 minutes. Alternatively You can steam it with Idli steamer plate by adding a cup of water or pressure cook it with a cup of water for 2 whistles. For both steaming and blending i use
- Philips Avent Combined Steamer and Blender
- Once the tomato & potato are steamed, it will be soft and transparent. Now blend it along with cooked chickpeas little water for 30 seconds to make a mash. Alternatively you can also mash it with a masher instead of using a blender.
You could use any seasonal vegetables of your choice for making this recipe. But ensure that your baby is not allergic to any of those vegetables.
- Instead of black channa, white chana or even cooked moong dal can be used.
- Introduce this chickpeas vegetable mash to your baby once her tummy is adjusted with a couple of veggies.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.